MENOPAUSE RAISES WOMEN'S RISK OF HEART DISEASE
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?
Menopause is a phase every woman must go through when they age. Usually occurring between 45-55 years of age, menopause is diagnosed after a woman has gone one full year without a menstrual period. During this stage, the production of Oestrogen and Progesterone hormones decreases in the body.
Many menopausal women experience both physical and emotional symptoms, which include:
Fatigue
Hot flashes
Dizziness
Vaginal dryness
Variation in sleeping patterns
Drastic mood changes
Noticeable weight gain
Uncontrolled leakage of urine
In addition to these symptoms, menopause also increases the risk of certain health problems. These include heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), urinary incontinence, high blood pressure and deteriorating oral health.
LINK BETWEEN MENOPAUSE & HEART DISEASE
Oestrogen helps protect women against heart disease as it lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. With menopause, the level of oestrogen in the body will decline, raising LDL cholesterol levels. These changes put a woman at risk of developing heart and circulatory system disorders such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, increased risk of stroke and heart disease.
MANAGING HEART HEALTH AFTER MENOPAUSE
EAT A HEALTHY DIET
During menopause and beyond, a woman's daily diet plays an even more critical role in their health and well-being, as they typically gain weight, experience increased water retention, and have increased risk of heart disease and hypertension.
GO FOR REGULAR HEALTH CHECK-UPS
In addition to diet, regular check-ups with your General Practitioner (GP) or specialists will help you catch any warning signs and stay on top of your health.
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